Tomato varieties I grew from seeds this year and why:
1. Old German: Good ole beefsteak with red/yellow coloring that matures early here. Great flavor, one of my all time favorite;
2. Siletz: Early and reliable determinate plant, large red tomatoes. Always the first large ones to turn red;
3. Peron: Early, semi-determinate. Good sized tomatoes, pretty productive;
4. Isis Candy: Somewhat late, but worth the wait. It produces large cocktail sized tomatoes with yellow threads in them. Flavor only develops after fully mature. Although the fruit can be red a while before that. Very sweet!
5. Yellow Cuban Grape: Super productive, long harvesting period. Intense flavor. Will last after frost hits, when all the leaves are gone and still little yellow tomatoes lingering on the vine.
6. Green Zebra: Growing for the flavor and coloring. Mid maturing, tomatoes do turn soft when matured, love the flavor.
7. German Red Strawberry: new trial;
8. New Yorker: new trial; A improved Fire-Ball type tomato. Disease resistant, better yet, determinate. I grew the old fashioned Fire-Ball last year. I liked the taste and the near perfect pinkish tomatoes it produces. Plant did better than others going into fall.
9. Tiny Roma: New trial.
(Also trailing: a new type of pepper called Manzan chili, bright orange with black seeds. Hot with Scovill range of 10,000-30,000. Another variety that is red with black seeds is called locoto or rocoto chili.
Pepper hotness scale: http://ushotstuff.com/Heat.Scale.htm)